water for baby formula

What is the best water for baby formula?

December 26, 2018

Your choice of baby formula is an important one, but have you also considered how important your choice of water is? If you haven’t thought about it don’t worry. You’re not the only one!

We don't all live on a crystalline lake with pure fresh water to dip our cup into like some fairytale princess. And would we like to see our mirrored reflection staring up at us after a long hard night with little to no sleep?

Pass! Leave that to the fictional princesses. We’re the real life ones 😉

So what are your options for the best quality water that is great for your baby? We've made a checklist to help you answer some of those important questions:

  1. What water to use for preparing baby formula?

The answer to this isn't so simple and depends on where you live and the quality of your tap water. But the general consensus is, whatever water you use, even if it's bottled water, you should boil it first.

  1. Can you use bottled water for baby formula water for newborn formula?

Yes you can. But be aware lots of bottled water comes with minerals for taste. And your baby doesn't need those. So buy bottled water with no extra additives. And still boil it. It's an important step to remove impurities.

  1. Is it ok to use tap water for baby formula?

Again this depends on where you live and you can consult with your local council for more information. At the risk of repeating... Please boil it!

  1. Can you use distilled water for baby formula?

Yes. Distilled water is recommended for mixing with baby formula especially as it is low in fluoride. And you guessed it... Boil it first please.

  1. Can I warm water in microwave for baby formula?

No. This is not recommended. The heat is uneven and you risk hot spots. Medical professionals recommend boiling water on a stove.

  1. What temperature should water be for baby formula?

This is a little experimental and depends on what your baby likes. It is always good to start with room temperature but it may be that your baby likes it a little warmer. Of course the ‘inside of the wrist’ test is still tried and true. Drop a few drops on the sensitive skin on the inside of your wrist. If you find the heat uncomfortable then your baby will too.

  1. Is it ok to use purified water for baby formula?

Yes, just like distilled water this is fine to use after boiling and allowing to cool.

  1. Do you have to use boiled water for baby formula?

Well, you don’t have to do anything. No one is forcing you. But, in our view, if you want the best for your baby you will use boiled water. It’s a little extra effort and a little more planning and preparation but the results and the benefits for your baby are immeasurable.


Still not feeling confident? There is a great ‘how to boil water guide’ that you can read through to help you even more.

Above all else, feel confident in your decision and relax and know that you are always doing what is best for your baby.



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